Climate Change Roundup, December 2019

It’s high time to highlight recent news on climate change, and the first article is from Phys.Org regarding the dreaded ozone hole. This is interesting because I mentioned in October how this topic, once a favorite of climate alarmists, has disappeared. Despite their doomsday predictions, the ozone layer is still there, the hole is the smallest on record, and life on earth has not gone extinct.

But the article from Phys.Org provides a clever rescuing agent for climate alarmists. They’re claiming victory for saving the ozone layer and slowing the rate of global warming! Yes, they’re invoking the 1987 Montreal Protocol and arguing that the treaty was much more successful than they could have possibly imagined.

Honestly, with over fifty years of failed predictions, I’ve always wondered why the alarmists haven’t used this strategy more often; I’ve assumed they never wanted to admit that things aren’t nearly as bad as they promised. But since the size of the ozone hole can’t be denied, and the record has been widely reported, there seems to be a need to respond, so it’s not surprising that this propaganda study came out in a timely fashion.

For one, they claim the Earth will be at least one degree cooler than it would be without the protocol, and, two, they argue that the Kyoto Agreement is credited with reducing temperatures by 0.12 degrees Celsius.

The trick is they had to use computer models in order to make these claims, and then present it as fact. But, of course, they don’t explain the limitations of computer models; long-range simulations are unreliable, and there’s no way to substantiate their claims, and we’re expected to simply accept the results by faith.

This, however, may be a good strategy because many people won’t question the results. If alarmists can successfully convince enough people that these treaties and protocols are working, then maybe they can successfully demand more treaties so that life on earth doesn’t go extinct.

My take: don’t fall prey to computer model predictions or alarmism. The models have poor track records, and the worst-case scenarios are always cherry picked to maximize fear.

The next article is from Discover Magazine on the subject of shrinking birds, and they say climate change is to blame!

For over 40 years, researchers have recorded and analyzed over 70,000 dead birds in Chicago (52 different species), and have discovered that the overall body size shrank, while the wingspan increased.

Now, we don’t know for certain what is driving these changes, but the researchers aren’t about to let this opportunity go without exploiting it, and they “suggest” it’s the climate. Why? Because, as a general rule, animals in colder climates are larger than their counterparts in warmer climates. Therefore, they reason, since the birds are shrinking, it must be because the climate is getting warmer!

Needless to say, there could be other, more logical reasons for these changes, and I’m glad they admit migratory factors could be it. But they simply don’t have enough data to make the claim that climate change is responsible. I find that irresponsible. The bottom line is that nobody knows, and without evidence to back up their claims, they shouldn’t jump to conclusions.

The next article from Discover Magazine is about sea level rise, and it foretells of yet more doom and gloom. Climate change has reached the “point of no return”, they say, and our only hope is more government. Researchers claim that sea levels will rise 65 feet due to melting sea ice, and this time the culprit is carbon dioxide- an element beneficial to plants and life on earth, and not a pollutant.

It’s worth noting that none of us will be alive to disprove their claims because it will take centuries, they say, for sea levels to rise that high. But even if they’re right, they admit that humans will have time to adapt. And that’s a valid point. I’m convinced they’re wrong about the rise of sea level, but I’ve always maintained that God created humans to be adaptable, so we shouldn’t fear such change. Especially since scientists claim sea levels were once 115 feet higher about 3 million years ago.

Lastly, I find it tragic that Time Magazine has named Greta Thunberg as their Person of the Year. They’re using this young girl for propaganda purposes to promote a political cause.

The bottom line is that none of the doom and gloom fearmongering is necessary because climate change is based on faulty computer models that can’t be substantiated by the scientific method. As we review decades of predictions, we see a record of failure, and we can be just as certain that future predictions will be equally unsuccessful. No one should fear true climate change or blame humans; it’s a natural process, and we can adapt if necessary.

4 thoughts on “Climate Change Roundup, December 2019

  1. Wow, the absurdity of this world can only bring one to laugh or cry these days. The inequities of the parents have emboldened the children so that these parents, an actor/director, and a singer of moderate repute with their careers in the decline can revitalize their wealth and position in the spotlight, and acceptance into higher social circles, by parading around their children who are very seriously in need of counselling, a proper education, and healthy parenting (all of which they are being denied). We see in this family a reversal of roles. The parents are dominated by fear of their two girls into doing whatever these children demand of them (this was admitted by the parents when they said that Greta forced them to stop eating meat among other demands). In the end, the children (Greta’s sister, who is also mentally and emotionally troubled) are supporting their irresponsible parents, who in turn act like the children (her father quit working as an actor/director… if that’s work… to manage Greta, and her mother has been terrorized by the daughters when she wouldn’t give them their way in everything. Greta’s sister is attempting a singing career, and Greta is using her clout with the fanatical leftists and pseudo-environmentalists to give her a boost).

    https://www.independent.org/multimedia/detail.asp?id=6073

    Please watch this for more information into the basis for these pseudo-scientific claims on climate change. It’s good to see more independent voices rising above the fear-mongering din of the radical left.

  2. Another interesting post. I’m not really shocked that Time would elevate her to person of the year. Virtue signalling and victimhood have become multi-million dollar industries and provide huge social credit in certain circles.

    For instance:

    “Some say Malena has orchestrated her daughter’s campaign with the help of her friend, PR guru and climate change activist Ingmar Rentzhog (whom she met at a Climate Council Day conference in Stockholm) to put herself back in the public eye.

    They claim Rentzhog’s environmentally-aware PR firm We Don’t Have Time sent a freelance photographer to the first day of Greta’s solo strike outside the Swedish parliament last August.

    A photo was then posted of her clutching her hand-drawn wooden sign on the firm’s Instagram and Facebook pages. Shortly after, Greta was invited on to Rentzhog’s youth advisory board and the firm’s value soared by £1 million.”

    – Jane Fryer for the Daily Mail

    It has become increasingly difficult to find any unbiased information on this matter. The best I could hunt down was where I got that above excerpt from:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6965251/Gretas-glam-mummy-climate-suspicion-cynics-say-theres-story.html

    What troubles me the most about this is that the mostly left-wing world has elevated a child to the status of a Guru (by definition a guru is a personal SPIRITUAL TEACHER). And they have declared that we should all stop listening to objective voices, and stop using scientific reasoning to come to a sensible consensus on how to proceed with something that does exist but most certainly is not, as the alarmists claim, an Environmental Emergency.

    There is no denying climate changes (everything of the natural world changes) anymore than one can deny seasons, but you don’t have to go bonkers and declare that “Summer is coming and we’re all going to burn alive because Summer is warmer than Winter!”

    Friedrich A. Hayek gave us some amazing insight into these current trends long ago, as did Ben Franklin.

    “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

    What is fascinating about this quote from Franklin is that it is believe to have come from a tax dispute between the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the family of the Penns, the proprietary family of the Pennsylvania colony who ruled it from afar. Franklin was having trouble with attempting to tax their lands to aid in the domestic Franco-Indian wars as they were vetoing them from afar and paying the General Assembly off to prevent them from giving the taxes to help with the battle. So people living comfortably off their fortunes far off, couldn’t have cared less what was happening in the lands they were preventing from supporting their own people domestically.

    “I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day.” -Greta Thunberg (speech to the World Economic Forum, I suppose misery loves company)

    Just as this child from Sweden (and other climate extremists domestically, and from afar) are seeking to undermine industry (extreme environmental restrictions that will force corporations to take their factories and work elsewhere), personal taxes (forced carbon taxes on populations that will further reduce family and small business incomes), and other severe measures such as an over-night conversion to renewable energies. And they are demanding that we all undertake these vast reaching policies right now, today!

    “The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine the can design.”
    ― F. A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism

    “If socialists understood economics they wouldn’t be socialists.”
    ― Friedrich Hayek

    The problem with this extremism is that Russia, India, China, and other countries will just laugh at the fanaticism and watch their own industries grow, their peoples prosper, and their power in the world become unchallenged (it’s already getting there, Indian and China are neck and neck for being the most populous peoples on the face of the planet. And there’s no sign of that slowing down. Also, India has a space program and military advancements that are well on the way to rivalling America) while western civilization would only spiral into poverty, famine, and widespread blackouts/brownouts as power demands could not be met even if billions if not trillions of tax dollars were funnelled into insufficient renewable power infrastructures that are already proven unable to support more than a fraction of current demands.

    And the finally:

    “Emergencies” have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.”
    ― Friedrich Hayek

    It shocked me this Summer to see so many people driving around with big ugly red “Climate Emergency Now” stickers on their cars and R.V.s. Maybe they should have taken their vacation at home instead of cruising around in big old diesel chugging motor homes, or got some bicycles and had a cycling vacation if they’re so concerned. But I suppose that’s too logical.

    • Agreed. It’s not surprising whom Time nominates as their Person of the Year anymore. But thanks for the information. I like your term “guru”. Very fitting! The climate alarmism is what disturbs me the most, and it’s a shame there are grown adults who buy into it and promote it. You’d think, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!” They’re not ashamed of being fooled over and over again because they’re convinced this time it is real! And you’re right to point out the climate hypocrisy of their climate stickers.

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